James David Dickson The Detroit News Published 1:22 p.m. UTC Aug 19, 2018 Detroit — Four people were shot late Saturday night in a drive-by on Detroit’s west side, and one of them, a 20-year-old woman, died, police said. The quadruple shooting took place about 11:30 p.m. at what police call a family gathering at Ferry Park and 14th, south of West Grand Boulevard and Rosa Parks. A blue Buick Rendezvous drove past the gathering and opened fire, hitting the 20-year-old woman who died, along with a 23-year-old man shot in his right leg, a 23-year-old man shot in his right foot, and a woman, whose age was not immediately available, who was shot on the left side of her back. The three surviving victims are reported to be in stable condition. … [Read more...] about Quadruple shooting leaves 1 dead in Detroit
opinion Nancy Kaffer Detroit Free Press Published 11:00 p.m. UTC Aug 19, 2018 Michigan's burgeoning progressive movement had high hopes for the state's 2018 primaries. Victory for its candidates would be wins over opponents cast as establishment moderates, validating the movement's ability to turn out voters and its value to the Democratic Party. But Michigan progressive candidates performed poorly statewide. Just seven of the candidates endorsed by the Michigan Progressive Caucus made it past the primary. And two ran unopposed. Progressives fared particularly poorly in Detroit. Abdul El-Sayed ran for Michigan's Democratic gubernatorial nomination on a progressive platform, running second statewide to former state lawmaker Gretchen Whitmer, a so-called moderate who won by a decisive margin. In Detroit, El-Sayed finished third with 24,614 votes, behind Whitmer's 33,068, and self-funded tech millionaire Shri Thanedar, who spent millions … [Read more...] about Opinion: Can progressives win in Detroit — and avoid political gentrification?
Theme for three-day event is "Detroit Made"Previous events have led to more than $300 million in new investment, nonprofit contributions Aaron Eckels for Crain's Detroit Business Last year’s Homecoming opened with a dinner and reception at Michigan Central Station — the first event at the historic depot in more than 30 years — which played a role in Ford’s interest in the property. Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford Jr. will open up about the automaker's plans for its $740 million planned investment in Corktown and the Michigan Central Station to kick off Detroit Homecoming V next month.The opening fireside chat and dinner will take place Sept. 12 on the covered ice of Little Caesars Arena followed by a reception at Wayne State University's new Mike Ilitch School of Business nearby. Bill Ford Jr.: To talk about Ford investment. Detroit Homecoming is three-day event produced by Crain's Detroit Business that … [Read more...] about Bill Ford Jr. to kick off Detroit Homecoming V
Brian McCollum Detroit Free Press Published 10:01 p.m. UTC Aug 19, 2018 Just hours before Aretha Franklin’s final Detroit concert, unbeknownst to the thousands eagerly gathered downtown, everything was hanging by a thread. “All morning it was: She’s coming. She’s not coming. She’s coming. She’s not coming,” show producer Vince Paul recalled of that stressful day last summer. “Meanwhile, we’ve got this full-blown festival going on. “And then we get the phone call: ‘Come get me.’ ” A struggling Queen of Soul was about to deliver triumph through the pain. After months of behind-the-scenes wrangling, Paul had snared Franklin as headliner for the inaugural Detroit Music Weekend festival, a showcase of homegrown music to be held on the streets of the city’s theater district in June 2017. The plan called for more than her Saturday night starring performance. Detroit Music Weekend would be a full-blown, … [Read more...] about Aretha’s final Detroit show: Illness, intrigue, last-minute misgivings
Anthony Fenech Detroit Free Press Published 10:00 p.m. UTC Aug 19, 2018 MINNEAPOLIS — Al Avila has had a busy day. A bad day. Not the worst day, he concedes, but just before he was about to jump onto the elliptical for a much-needed workout, he received word that another one of his starting pitchers was headed to the disabled list. Now, they need two spot starters for this weekend’s series and not much 40-man roster space to work with. Luckily, for logistical reasons, Triple-A Toledo is playing at home. Avila, the third-year Detroit Tigers general manager, has many things on his plate these days. Even in the dog days of summer, while the team is slogging through a season that has been, at times — like Thursday night’s blowout loss — as ugly as expected, but at other times — like the first 2 ½ months of the season — better than expected. Among his duties on this day is a sit-down interview with a beat reporter, who wants an August … [Read more...] about Detroit Tigers’ GM Al Avila on rebuild: ‘We’re going to get this done’